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Thursday, May 13, 2010

JOHNNIE MAE MATTHEWS - MY DESTINATION (IS TRUE LOVE)


In direct relation to yesterday's post, here an absolute MESMERIZING side from Ms. Matthews herself. A web pal of mine who was "on the scene" in Detroit back in the day confirmed that the Wonderettes record posted yesterday is, in fact a Detroit record and also confirmed that Johnnie Mae was a very important figure on the scene; as an early mentor to Berry Gordy as well as being the first African-American woman to own and run her own recording studio. What a pioneer!

While not embarrassing the more sophisticated Motown sound, Johnnie Mae turns in a performance that oozes Detroit soul of the most raw variety on this cut. And also note the "Matthews" production credit!

from 1963...

JOHNNIE MAE MATTHEWS - MY DESTINATION (IS TRUE LOVE)

4 comments:

uptownjen said...

OK. She's definitely the one that worked with the Distants/Temptations. That "Come On" single is on Northern Records.

If you've seen the Temptations miniseries (it is on TV every five minutes) she isn't portrayed in a very positive light.

Holly said...

Great song! I like the roughness....

Anonymous said...

awesome tune.

Jem said...

Thank you!